What is osteopathy ?
What is osteopathy today ?
Osteopathy is a therapy. It is the manual means by which mobility can be restored to the human body.
The osteopath has in-depth knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the human body and can, during his diagnostic tests, pinpoint those areas that are causing problems for the patient’s physical well-being.
The osteopath is not a masseuse. His job is to restore mobility to all the body. He listens to the patient and then checks, painlessly, that all the elements of the body are interacting correctly. If this is not the case, then he will do what is necessary to correct the problem.
Sometimes the cause of a problem is to be found at a distance from the painful area. For example, back pain can be caused by a sprained ankle insufficiently treated at some time in the past. The osteopath will seek out the underlying cause of a problem.
What can osteopathy treat ?
Firstly, one needs to understand that an osteopath, after careful questioning of his patient and before any manipulation, will carry out a series of medical and osteopathic tests designed to confirm whether the patient may obtain relief from an osteopathic treatment. If this is not the case, then the patient will be referred back to his family doctor. The areas in which osteopathy is effective are many. Back pain remains the first reason for consulting an osteopath, but digestive problems, sleeping disorders and migraines also lead many people to consult an osteopath who by returning harmony to the body of the patient helps him towards an improved state of health.
Who can be treated with osteopathy ?
Virtually everybody! From the pregnant woman to the new-born infant, for the active and the sedentary, for children and senior citizens, for amateur or professional sportsmen and women, the osteopath adapts to his patient to offer him painless manual treatment in keeping with his general state of health and his life style.
The osteopath can provide relief for most musculoskeletal pain such as back or neck pains, lumbago, sprains, tendinitis resulting from some sort of accident or trauma. He can also intervene across a wide range of problems such as digestive problems, sleeping problems, depression …
Osteopathy and pregnant women :
Throughout her pregnancy and labour, the pregnant woman’s body undergoes considerable physical changes. The spine is often severely under strain and immobility of the pelvis soon leads to lower back pain; pressure on the stomach can result in acid reflux making pregnancy an unpleasant time for the woman. With his profound knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the human body the osteopath can help the woman to stay in good health, both during and after her pregnancy, and treat whatever problems may occur. The osteopath’s work is complementary to that of the gynaecologist or obstetrician. The osteopath can also help the baby, relieving problems of regurgitation, colic, agitation and sleep.
Osteopathy and sportsmen and women :
Whether you are an amateur or a professional, any reduction in the mobility of your joints, muscles, ligaments or viscera can cause an imbalance which can manifest itself in many ways. Whether this is a little stiffness or incapacitating pain, one thing is certain – it will impact on both pleasure and performance.
Osteopathy is there to fine tune the body, perfectly realigning whatever needs to be realigned … it is also recommended in case of falls, pain in the joints, sportsman’s hernia, stitch, poor recuperation and often helps reduce stress. Osteopathy optimizes warm-up, improves recuperation and reinforces the body’s ability during sporting activity.
Osteopathy and seniors :
Over the years, ligaments lose their elasticity and cartilage is worn down. These totally normal physiological changes can lead to reduced mobility and pain in the joints. The simplest everyday tasks can become difficult. With its analytical approach, osteopathy can, in many cases, help stabilize, slow down and even improve the pain and functional difficulties often encountering by older people. The gentle techniques used by the osteopath result in better irrigation of the tissues and help restore mobility to stiff, painful joints. Osteopathy is useful therapy to help seniors maintain or improve the physical comfort of their daily lives.